Set in Baltimore, The Sensualist tells the story of Samuel Gerson, a 17-year-old who is ready to be rid of his high school baseball team, his protective upbringing, and the tight-knit Jewish community in which he’s spent his whole life. When he befriends enigmatic Dmitri Zilber, a recent Russian Jewish immigrant who is obsessed with the works of Dostoevsky, Samuel’s world begins to shift.
Daniel Torday’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Esquire Magazine, Harper Perennial’s Fifty-Two Stories, Harvard Review and The Kenyon Review. A collection of his short stories was recently named a finalist for the Bakeless Fiction Prize. He is the director of creative writing at Bryn Mawr College and an editor at The Kenyon Review.
Torday will receive the prize as part of the 2013 National Jewish Book Awards, which will be held on Thursday, March 14 at the Center for Jewish History in New York. The ceremony is open to the public.
Read an essay by Daniel Torday on being a young parent and a writer.